VOCs Emission Labelling of Decorative Products: Mäder Innovates for a Better Indoor Air Quality
As of January 1st 2012, new construction and decorative products placed on the market will bear a label indicating, in a well-identified, readable and simple manner, their emission levels in terms of volatile substances.
The products impacted by this new regulation are construction or wall-coating products designed for indoor use as well as products used for their employment or application. The products concerned are: partitions, floor coverings, insulating material, paints, varnishes, glues, adhesives, insofar as they are intended for indoor use.
What is this labelling about?
It is simple and readable information about the volatile substance emissions characteristics of the product once it is applied in a closed space.
The principles are the following:
- Labelling concerns emission of volatile organic compounds (VOCs);
- These emissions are determined according to the product laid, applied, or integrated in a room;
- The information is provided in a simple way: a classification of performance.
How do you read this new labelling?
The “indoor air emissions” label includes a pictogram with a big letter. This letter indicates the emissions level of the product in terms of volatile substances in the air of an indoor room: ratings range from “A+” (very little or no emissions) to “C” (high level of emissions).
The scale of classification is specified underneath, with easily understandable color codes, which makes it possible to determine the product’s performance similar to the principle already used for household appliances or vehicles.
Consumers will have transparent information at their disposal, and this might become a new criteria for their product selection. Whatever the class displayed on the label, it will always be necessary to comply with the recommendations for use (opening the windows, using a mask, etc.) and the hazard statements (inhalation, ingestion, physical contact, etc…) displayed on the products.
Which volatile substances are covered?
Conforming the standards for the second French Health-Environment National Plan (Plan National Santé-Environnement, PNSE 2), labelling includes Formaldehyde emission of VOCs. But other compounds are also taken into account (strong presence in housings): acetaldehyde, toluene, tetrachloroethylene, xylene, trimethylbenzene, dichlorobenzene, ethylbenzene, butoxyethanol and styrene.
Work in progress at Mäder
The R&D staff in charge of this issue has been working actively and in close cooperation since 2009 with our suppliers and analytical laboratories in order to reduce at source, volatile compound emissions and ultimately improve indoor air quality. The objective is to provide consumers with products which are even more health-friendly.
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